Are you looking forward to graduating from your dental assisting program and starting your new career? With so much knowledge and experience to offer a dental team, you’ll be a key part of the team, which is why it’s important not to undervalue yourself. Read on to learn what you can expect when you dive into your new career as a dental assistant, and what you can look forward to in the coming years.
Job Outlook & Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for dental assistants in their field is projected to grow by 11 percent from 2018 to 2028. The countless research being conducted that further establishes the link between oral and overall health is said to increase the demand for high-quality preventive dental care, such as checkups and cleanings. This will cause dentists to hire more dental assistants to help maintain the practice and care for patients. Plus, due to higher quality dental treatments and care, older generations (i.e. baby boomers), will have kept more of their natural teeth, causing an additional need for dental care.
As you graduate from your program, it’s a good idea to know the average salary of dental assistants so you can easily negotiate without undervaluing your abilities and training. In May of 2018, a survey was conducted that placed the average dental assistant salary at about $39,000. Depending on what type of office you work in, your salary could range anywhere from $36,000 to $43,000.
The Daily Life of a Dental Assistant
Being a dental assistant can seem like an overwhelming or demanding career for some, because they’re often overseeing several tasks and projects around the dental office. Here are some duties you can expect to complete during your new career:
- Making sure patients remain comfortable during their appointments.
- Sterilize dental instruments after each patient.
- Prepare the treatment room for each patient’s arrival.
- Process X-rays and complete basic laboratory tasks.
- Help patients with billing and payments.
- Keep patient’s dental records and history up-to-date.
- Schedule patient appointments.
- Educate patients on proper dental hygiene.
Becoming a dental assistant by graduating from your program isn’t the furthest you can go in your career. That means that whenever you have an itch to achieve and do more, you’ll be able to! Some other occupations you can acquire training to do in the future include:
- Orthodontic Assistant
- Expanded Function Dental Assistant
- Dental Assistant Instructor
- Dental Office Business Team Administrator
- Dental Sales Representative
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Consultant
It’s also important to note that many certified dental assistants go on to become dentists because they end up having such a knack for their career! Once you graduate from your program, when you put your mind to it, your opportunities are truly endless.
About the Dental Assistant School
At Assist to Succeed, our program focuses on providing each of our dental assistant students with hands-on and invaluable training that will be applicable to their new career. We also understand that it can be difficult to get back to school, especially if you have other daily responsibilities in your life. That’s why we make it easy to achieve your certification by offering a 10-week program that only runs on Saturdays. For questions or to enroll in our next program, visit our website or call 719-332-6146.